Episode 77 – Tesla’s Brian Wheat

Bassist and co-founder opens up about his memoir and the current music industry models

Tesla is one of the biggest rock bands to come out of the 1980s. The band has lived the sex, drugs and rock and roll lifestyle to the max, but at a cost. Co-founder and bassist Brian Wheat reveals those challenges in his memoir, Son of a Milkman: My Crazy Life with Tesla.

In this deeply honest and utterly revealing memoir, Wheat sheds light on the many challenges he faces, including bulimia, weight issues, and the crippling anxiety and depression caused by his conditions. Just like the songs his legendary band made, this is no-nonsense, blue-collar storytelling at its best. While revealing the vulnerable human behind the bass guitar, this autobiography also offers tremendous stories of life on the road, and collaborations and encounters with legendary figures like his pals in Def Leppard, David Lee Roth, Alice Cooper, and Paul McCartney. Son of a Milkman will entertain, surprise, and inspire longtime fans of this enduring band.

Wheat spoke to us about the book in January, but it’s the back half of the interview where he really opens up about his frustration with the music industry of today. It’s an interview you don’t want to miss.

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Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites. Email: info@themusicuniverse.com
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